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Ruben Amaro #20

Coaching/Front Office Career

Named the Mets outfield and first base coach on November 15, 2017...Also will oversee baserunning instruction...From 2016-2017, he served as the Boston Red Sox first base coach, outfield coach and baserunning coach...Coached on the same team as Gary DiSarcina in 2017...In 2017, according to FanGraphs, the Red Sox led the majors in defensive runs saved (47)...Boston ranked sixth in the majors with 106 stolen bases in 2017...In 2016, the Red Sox outfielders combined for nine double plays (tied for first in the majors), 35 assists (tied for fourth in the majors) and a .993 fielding percentage (first in the majors)...In 2016, Boston ranked third in the majors with a 77.6 stolen base success rate (83 for 107)...Served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for parts of seven seasons from November 2008-September 2015...Was the ninth General Manager in Phillies history...In his first four seasons as the Phillies GM, Philadelphia posted a 373-275 (.576) record, best in the National League...Overall, the Phillies went 573-539 (.515) during his tenure...The .515 winning percentage was the fifth-highest in the NL during that span...His clubs posted the best record in baseball in both 2010 (97-65) and 2011 (102-60)...Prior to the 2010 campaign, the Phillies had never posted the best record in baseball over a single-season...Following his final season as a player in 1998, he joined the Phillies' front office as Assistant General Manager for 10 years...Was a key architect in the Phillies winning the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Playing Career

Played eight seasons in the majors as an outfielder for the California Angels (1991), the Phillies (1992-1993, 1996-1998) and the Cleveland Indians (1994-1995)...Was a member of the NL Champion Phillies in 1993 and the AL Champion Indians in 1995...Hit .235 with 16 home runs and 100 RBI in 485 career major league games...Was selected in the 11th-round of the 1987 June Draft by the California Angels...Made his debut with the Angels in 1991.

Background

Ruben Amaro Jr. graduated from Stanford University in 1987 with a degree in human biology...Was a member of Stanford's College World Series Championship team in 1987...That season, Amaro batted .344, led the team with 77 runs scored and 38 steals in 67 games...He and his father, Ruben Sr., a former Phillies first base coach, remain the only father-son combination to ever play for the Phillies...Ruben and his father were both elected to the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame in 2013...Was elected to the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation in 2012...Inducted into Philadelphia's Jewish Sports Hall of Fame...Appeared in an episode of ABC's The Goldbergs on January 3, 2017...Played the character of his father, Ruben Amaro Sr.